Tampa Bay Sports Day

Noles-Gators Ready for Round Two at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville

By Logan Jones –

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 12 Florida State (18-7) is headed to Jacksonville to take on No. 9 Florida (16-9) at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville Tuesday evening, with first pitch set for 6 p.m.

The Fresh From Florida Sunshine Showdown comes as the second face-off between the Seminoles and Gators this season, after UF claimed a slim 1-0 victory on March 14 in Gainesville.

Leading the Seminoles on the mound against the Gators will be sophomore right-hander Andrew Karp (0-1, 4.10 ERA), who took on the role of FSU’s hurler in the first game played against UF. He pitched seven strong innings and struck out a career-high 11 batters, before falling short of a win when the FSU offense was held scoreless.

Karp’s 11 strikeouts against the Gators are the most for a Florida State pitcher against Florida since Randy Choate had 11 in 1996.

Florida State is coming off a sweep of Notre Dame and is looking to extend its four-game winning streak. Due to inclement weather, Notre Dame hosted a doubleheader on Friday, where the Seminoles were able to take the first game 8-2 and the second game 8-3 in a 13-inning contest. Saturday’s game came with a 5-1 victory over the Fighting Irish.

Starring in this weekend’s sweep was freshman left-hander Drew Parrish, who completed his first career complete game with a three-hitter in which he struck out seven Fighting Irish in FSU’s 5-1 victory.

Dylan Busby, who went 6-for-12 in Friday’s doubleheader, was responsible for driving in four runs in the first game, with freshman counterpart Tyler Daughtry knocking in three runs in the second game on his first career home run.

Jackson Lueck returned to the Seminole lineup on March 21 against Jacksonville and he continued to impress this weekend against Notre Dame with five runs and five RBI, including his first two home runs of the season.

Florida enters the game 16-9 on the year and is coming off a series win over No. 4 LSU in Gainesville. The Gators allowed just one run in winning the first two games, 1-0 and 8-1, before LSU took the finale 10-6.

Florida State leads Florida 128-113-1 all-time and has an 11-10 winning record in games played at a neutral site. This is the 11th consecutive season the teams will meet in Jacksonville, and FSU is 6-4 in those games.

The final match-up between the Noles and Gators will take place Tuesday, April 11 in Tallahassee.